The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State has appealed to residents of Shasha community and the state in general to eschew the path of anarchy and allow peace to reign.
A statement signed on Monday by the party’s caretaker Publicity Secretary, Dr AbdulAzeez Olatunde, said it is a sad recollection of history that the build up to the 1967 – 1970 civil war started the same way from Ibadan.
“Whatever may be the challenges facing our hard earned current democracy can be solved by the rule of law,” it said.
Oyo APC also called on Governor Seyi Makinde to be proactive by ensuring that the perpetrators ethnic profiling are made to face law, saying: “It is his constitutional obligation to protect all citizens living in Oyo State, just as Oyo State indigenes living elsewhere in Nigeria are also protected.”
“Again, it is the duty of the governor as the Chief Security Officer of the state to let all criminal elements engaging in arson, anarchy, banditry and brigandage for their myopic and selfish agenda to face the law.
“Also, our traditional rulers, religious leaders across the divides as well as opinion moulders of the society are urged to voice their concerns about the intended conflagration the perpetrators of this Shasha community mayhem wanted to foist on us,” the statement said.
The party equally urged the National Assembly to expedite action in its review of the 1999 Constitution in order to have “true federalism in body and spirit which can effectively solve all the local security challenges that are threatening our coexistence as a nation.”
Oyo APC warned all social media influencers to be cautious about the information they disseminate, adding that giving false information could set the country on fire.
“One cannot quench a fire by setting other places ablaze with gory pictures and videos we share,” the statement added.